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Learning for Life loses FL state funding

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http://news.wjct.org/post/after-school-boy-scouts-program-jeopardy-after-losing-state-funding

 

Boy Scout North Florida Council CEO Jack Sears said Scott’s veto of nearly $2 million jeopardizes the program for 150,000 students across nine school districts statewide.

 

“We are in communication with the governor’s staff in an attempt to help identify possible alternative funding in order to continue the program,†Sears said.

 

He said the program will not continue if funding isn’t secured before July 1.

 

Sears said Learning for Life helps public schools meet a state mandate to include character development in their curricula.

 

 

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Agreed. I was surprised by number in Florida 150,000. According to wiki,  LFL nationwide membership is 418,484 so that would be a membership drop of more than a one third?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_for_Life

 

Disclaimer: Not counting Explorer units, I have not seen any LFL activity.

 

The way I read the article, the 150K are not necessarily members of LFL.  The schools may just be using the LFL curriculums/programs without requiring the students to be members.

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The North Florida Council LFL webpage states 25,000 LFL participants in Duval County alone (news article states 30,000).

 

Duval County is the 7th most populated of 67 counties in FL.  North Florida Council is one of 9 BSA Councils in Florida. So maybe 150K LFL members in Florida. Agree, the article could be clearer.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Florida

 

https://www.nfcscouting.org/learning-for-life

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The way I read the article, the 150K are not necessarily members of LFL.  The schools may just be using the LFL curriculums/programs without requiring the students to be members.

 

Regardless of whether they are actually members or not, the state seems to be paying the BSA "nearly" $2 million a year for the program.  That would come out to about $13 per student.

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